TRAILER TALK: Captain America Featured

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:31
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Are you going to judge that movie based on the trailer? That's such Trailer Talk!

Check out this weekly round up of opinions on our featured movie's trailer from some of the hottest talents in entertainment, sports, and music.

This week we take a look at Captain America: The First Avenger.


Tyler Stone
I don't get why Chris Evans was the fire guy in Fantastic Four and now he's another super hero. Who knows, maybe they'll think of him as Captain America this year. I will see it in theaters for sure.

  Max Nash
I don't get how they made Chris Evans so skinny. It was cool how they tied in the Stark Industries. Back than, the old school Stark pumped up Captain America. I think I'll definitely go see it in theaters.
  Chris Dudley
There is a lot riding on the upcoming July 22nd release of Captain America: The First Avenger. Coming on the heels of two different incarnations of the Incredible Hulk, two wildly successful Iron Man films, and the recently released Thor, this film marks the last piece of the Marvel Universe puzzle to be put into place before the release of the much-anticipated Avengers set to be released in 2012. I will say, from the looks of the trailer, it is on track to be a stand-out piece indeed. 

The odd thing is, on paper, it doesn't really seem like it should be. For example, Joe Johnston in the directors chair doesn't seem to be very promising.  His recent track record of films (The Wolfman, Hidalgo, and Jurassic Park 3) have all hovered around the 100 million dollar budget range, have done well monetarily yet haven't exactly made many top 10 lists. He seems to be a safe bet for the studio to bring in the money at the box office, but not necessarily the best choice to make a memorable film. As for Captain America himself, Chris Evans, his career as a whole has been fairly hit and miss. In Danny Boyle's Sunshine he held his own solidly among other great character actors as Mace, however his portrayal of the Human Torch in the Fantastic 4 isn't quite something you'd want to put in a highlight reel. 

However, with these two big factors pointing to a 50/50 chance of this film being even passable, we have this trailer. Being our first actual look at the film, this is a very well put together, anticipation building two and a half minute piece that puts many of my initial fears about this film to rest. The first thing that stands out about this trailer is the very unique and exciting work by Director of Photography, Shelly Johnson. Having worked with Director Joe Johnston on 3 of the past 4 films he has directed, Shelly no doubt has a great working relationship with the Johnston. That being said, this film seems to have a collaborative vision that is unlike anything they have done before, in the best way possible. The softness yet sharpness of the photography along with the retro yet futuristic look of many of the sets comes together to form a look that I can't remember seeing anytime in recent memory. Judging as well as possible from a trailer, it seems that directorially, this film's tone is most similar to Johnston's 1991 film, The Rocketeer and that is a great thing in my book. That sort of tone with 20 years of additional directing experience under his belt could make for something extremely entertaining. Adding to the overall feel of the film is composing giant, Alan Silvestri. Having worked on some of the most memorable scores in film over the past 20 years, his involvement is another factor pointing to this film being set apart from the rest of the Marvel films of late. On top of all these plusses is the addition of top-notch character actors Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones to the cast playing Abraham Erskine and Col. Chester Phillips respectively. Both actors have had long and accomplished careers as well as impressive stand-out characters over the past 5 years or so (see The Lovely Bones & Julie and Julia for Tucci, No Country for Old Men & In The Electric Mist for Jones) which makes me excited to see what they do here.

So, at the end of the day, this film could really go two ways. It could be yet another summer Blockbuster with plenty of explosions to go around with not much else to offer the moviegoer (yet still make tons of money). However, even with some factors initially pointing to the contrary, this really could be a movie that has just the right stars aligning to make it something different. Something special... Something more than the sum of its parts. On July 22nd, we shall see. 

  Devon Voisine
Life On Repeat
This movie does not look like a monumental comic movie. Nothing really pops out at me to get me to want to see it. The trailer probably shows every exciting part in the movie so I do not think there is a reason to watch the whole movie.
  Sherri DuPree-Bemis
I can't believe the CGI they did on Chris Evans in this film to make him look super puny pre-Captain America! I was flipping out over it. This trailer got me super stoked to see the movie. I think it's going to be amazing.
  Greg Lutzka
Pro Skater
I've been a fan of the Super Marvel Heroes video games so it's cool seeing this Captain America trailer. It is cool seeing him small than him buffing up like he's on steroids. I might see it.

Besides getting the opinions of the people above, we also surveyed 100 people who were waiting for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter Thursday night.

After polling 100 people, here are the results:
30 people "Going to See it Opening Weekend"
36 people "Probably See it in Theaters"
23 people "Going to wait for DVD"
11 people "Won't see it"

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